Governor El-Rufai's son, Bello, caused an outrage on the microblogging platform Twitter after he allegedly threatened to gang ra'pe another user's mother in an altercation that later took an ethnic bearing.
Bello dragged himself into the dragnet of controversy after criticising United States president Donald Trump over his management of the Covid-19 crisis in America.
“There is nothing as radioactive as an incompetent leader during a time of crisis. The United States of America is a case in point. A few states in Nigeria too,” wrote on Sunday, April 12.
But in what fuelled the nasty conversation, a Twitter user @oewonah, told Bello to play his blame game on President Muhammadu Buhari alone instead of Trump who he said is miles above his Nigeria counterpart.
The response, however, got Bello enraged as he started raining insults that bore ethnical colouration.
“Tell your mother I’m passing her to my friends tonight. No Igbo sounds please! Tueh," he tweeted.
In another reply to another user with the name @thanos_zer, Bello said: "Your mother is the main who're of the South-East. I can’t reply you publicly. F**k Kanu and take a picture of the Second Niger Bridge, thanks to Buhari. My mentions are mine. If a Sunday bast'ard makes up lies and drags my father, his mother will be games. If he doesn’t want it, he shouldn’t mention me. The crowd has never phased (sic) me."
The vulgar responses generated outrage on Twitter on Sunday with Bello, 32, trending on number one due to over 60 thousand reactions.
The outrage was compounded after Bello's mother, Hadiza, who is a women’s rights advocate, justified his son's action after he was tagged with the post.
“Don’t @me. Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind. All is fair in love and war,” she said.
Among those who reacted to the tweet is the former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, who scolded Bello for his vulgar language use towards the Igbos.
“Did I just see horrific tweets from your handle threatening gang-ra'pe? What was that? Why the ethnic vitriol toward Igbos? What’s that, Bello? Too tragic!
“You need to not just immediately apologise for those vile tweets but get into an anger management program quickly," the former minister said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna governor, has rekindled commitment towards ending the menace of banditry in the state following a reprisal attack on some villages in Igabi and Giwa local government.
The suspected bandits attacked and killed at least 30 people in some villages in Igabi and Giwa local government areas of Kaduna state in what appeared to be a reprisal strike on the villagers suspected to be giving information to security agencies.
The attack reportedly left several local residents of Kerawa, Rago, Marina, Zariyawa, Hashimawa, Gidan Musa Saidu, and Unguwar Barau severely injured, while many properties were destroyed.
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